The Commission’s Grower Meetings provide a two–hour glimpse at the major issues facing the industry. Often, each speaker has little in common with the one that goes before them. After all, what do the politics in California have to do with those in Washington? The answer this year was a lot!
The morning kicked off with Louie Brown, partner at Kahn, Soares and Conway, who has represented rice for over 18 years. He launched his presentation with a review of the forces driving politics in the state. His answer – California’s reaction to everything Trump. He offered that legislators were working overtime to counter actions at the federal level on everything from environmental rules to taxes.
The next speaker, Tyson Redpath with the Russell Group, followed up noting that entirety of Washington DC this year has been dominated by the President. Both the significant regulatory reform and tax changes achieved, to the political reaction to the new administration can all be viewed through the lens of President Trump.
As in the past, growers also had an in-depth review of crop insurance from Rick Neves of Gig 7. He discussed changes to buy up levels, reviewed prevented planting coverage and reminded the industry of critical dates for crop insurance.
It’s not a rice meeting if we don’t talk water. Todd Manley from NCWA was on hand to talk about critical milestones for water users this year, provided an update on Sites Reservoir and presented the significant work in the Sacramento Valley to support salmon.
USA Rice CEO Betsy Ward and Rice Commission President & CEO Tim Johnson filled out the meeting reviewing key initiatives of our national and state rice organizations.
If you would like to see the speaker’s presentations, they can be found here:
- California Report from Louie Brown
- Washington, D.C. Report from Tyson Redpath
- Crop Insurance Review by Rick Neves
- Water Report from Todd Manley